Spatial Variations: NYC, A Model of Change

Spatial Variations: tour of NYC with Jack Eichenbaum, PhD

Spatial Variations: NYC, A Model of Change with Jack Eichenbaum, PhD

Registration Status: This course is no longer being offered

Session Dates: June 17, 2019 - August 12, 2019

Cost: $325.00

New York City’s population and landscape are constantly changing and evolving. New construction happens all around us while immigrants and domestic migrants affect our demographic profile. Queens Borough Historian, Jack Eichenbaum, PhD, leads students on an exploration of the factors that contribute to this dynamic city’s planning, infrastructure, and demographics. This course will consist of five lectures on campus at The Cooper Union and three walking tours.

  • Lecture - Overview and Topographic Influences
  • Walking Tour - Manhattan: The Upper East Side and Harlem
  • Walking Tour - Queens: Jackson Heights and Jamaica
  • Lecture - Advances in Transportation and Technology Affect Accessibility
  • Lecture - Demographic Change
  • Lecture - Micro and Macro Political Boundaries
  • Walking Tour - Brooklyn: Flatbush and Coney Island
  • Lecture - The Future Geography of NYC

Meets Weekly: Mondays 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.

*Students may only register for this class as a full eight-session course.


Registration begins May 7th. Students MUST enroll 5 business days prior to the course start date.

Course Code: 1121707

Instructor(s): Jack Eichenbaum

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.